Aggregated news from Birmingham's leading news sources.
Bibb County Correctional Facility on lockdown
The Bibb County Correctional Facility is on lock down after inmates inside the facility's B-Dormitory "became disruptive."...
CBS42 - TV at Friday, July 31, 2015 4:38:20 PM
Maylene teen dies after assault with baseball bat
19-year-old William Allen Neff, of Maylene, has died after being assaulted in the head with an aluminum bat, Shelby County deputies said Fri…...CBS42 - TV at Friday, July 31, 2015 4:10:10 PM
Brent woman allegedly shot by husband dies
Criminal charges have been upgraded against a man accused of shooting his wife and son last week, police said. ...NBC 13 - TV at Friday, July 31, 2015 3:02:27 PM
Walter Energy lays off 180 employees
Nearly 200 employees were laid off Friday from a Brookwood area mining operation.NBC 13 - TV at Friday, July 31, 2015 2:50:46 PM
Not guilty pleas filed in federal court for Charleston church shooter
During a brief arraignment in federal court, defense attorney David Bruck said that he couldn't advise his client, Dylann Roof, to enter a g…...CBS42 - TV at Friday, July 31, 2015 2:30:24 PM
Free backpacks and other school supplies will be distributed
From backpacks to free haircuts, there are many events planned to help those in need.NBC 13 - TV at Friday, July 31, 2015 2:17:38 PM
Auburn signs Space Act Agreement with NASA
Auburn University has signed a Space Act Agreement with NASA to explore and advance the applications of additive manufacturing, or 3D printing.NBC 13 - TV at Friday, July 31, 2015 1:42:08 PM
Alabaster teenager charged as adult with felony assault
An Alabaster teenager was arrested Thursday by Shelby County sheriff's deputies in connection with an assault case.NBC 13 - TV at Friday, July 31, 2015 1:36:20 PM
Lafayette community holds even to honor victims, heroes of theater shooting
On Thursday night hundreds were in attendance at the Blackham Colesium in Lafayette for the event Lafayette Strong: Unite. Honor. Heal.CBS42 - TV at Friday, July 31, 2015 1:27:39 PM
Walter Energy subsidiary laying off 194, warns 545 of future layoffs
As Walter Energy moves through bankruptcy, the company on Friday said it will lay off 194 workers and warned employees of hundreds of potential future layoffs.
A total of 180 of the laid off workers will be at Jim Walter Resources' mine No. 7 in Brookwood. Another 14 layoffs have been announced at the central shop for the Walter subsidiary.
Bill Stanhouse, vice president of communications and government affairs, told the BBJ on Friday that 126 of the 180 workers at the mine are members o...Birmingham Business Journal at Friday, July 31, 2015 12:40:25 PM
Viewpoint: It’s time for Birmingham to drive Uber plans forward
What is small enough to fit in your pocket and, yet, has sparked protests in cities across the world, drawn the ire of presidential candidates and even been banned in some places? Would you be surprised if I told you it was a popular new phone app that allows passengers to summon a ride at the touch of a button?
There is massive controversy across Alabama over Uber, a phone app that offers friendly, low-cost transportation for passengers and flexible income-earning opportunities for drivers...Birmingham Business Journal at Friday, July 31, 2015 12:32:30 PM
Suspect fires shot at Vestavia Hills SWAT, 10 charges follow
Upon execution of the search warrant, the suspect, Gregory Beckwood, 26, fired a gun at the VHPD SWAT that was entering the residence.CBS42 - TV at Friday, July 31, 2015 12:31:10 PM
What would you do? Neuroethics sheds light on our darkest dilemmas
When machines and brains mix, who's in charge? This is the type of problem pondered by neuroethicists such as UAB's Josh May, Ph.D., who examine questions at the crossroads of neuroscience and ethics. Think about this: A 59-year-old Dutch man with advanced Parkinson’s disease is experiencing debilitating tremors. His doctors implant electrodes deep in his brain, which counteract the faulty signals but cause new troubles. The man starts behaving erratically, making grandiose claims, racki...UAB Campus News at Friday, July 31, 2015 12:30:41 PM
Heavy backpacks lead to back problems for kids
Physicians say backpacks can cause health problems if they weigh more than 10- to 20-percent of a child’s body weight.CBS42 - TV at Friday, July 31, 2015 12:30:21 PM
UAB hires new associate AD of external relations
The University of Alabama at Birmingham has hired a general manager from Missouri State University as its next senior associate athletic director of external relations.
Frank Cuervo will oversee development, marketing, licensing, communications, video services, ticketing operations and sales, as well as UAB’s multimedia relationship with IMG, according to a release from the school.
Cuervo formerly served for four years as general manager of Learfield Sports at MSU.
"We are extremely e...Birmingham Business Journal at Friday, July 31, 2015 12:21:15 PM
Report: Alabama to play Louisville in 2018 Opener at Citrus Bowl
The last time the Tide played in Orlando was a 49-7 win over Michigan State on January 1, 2011 in the Capital One Bowl.CBS42 - TV at Friday, July 31, 2015 11:50:33 AM
List Leaders: Legal experts weigh in on health care law
Big changes are in store for the health care landscape in the coming months, according to local legal experts.
For our newest List of health care law practices, we asked local law firm representatives to weigh in on the biggest issues affecting health care law in Birmingham, from the effects of the Affordable Care Act to hiring trends. Here’s what local experts are saying about the state of health care litigation:
How will the Affordable Care Act affect health care law in the coming mont...Birmingham Business Journal at Friday, July 31, 2015 11:50:24 AM
BBJ names Birmingham's Healthiest Employers for 2015
Between Alabama's poor rankings for chronic health conditions and the Affordable Care Act, it's no surprise that many companies are focusing more on wellness in the workplace.
There has been an uptick in companies launching wellness plans and investing time and money into initiatives aimed at helping their employees to lead healthier lives – and reducing insurance costs for employers.
In this week's edition, we are recognizing the company that have distinguished themselves for their well...Birmingham Business Journal at Friday, July 31, 2015 11:44:12 AM
Fatal shooting at Birmingham gas station
Police are investigating a fatal shooting at a Birmingham gas station. ...NBC 13 - TV at Friday, July 31, 2015 11:42:18 AM
Kirkland's leads string of new tenants at the Galleria mall
Kirkland's is coming to the Riverchase Galleria mall in Hoover.
Angela Jacks, marketing manager for the mall, said Kirkland's is currently under construction in the 7,816-square-foot space formerly occupied by the Christmas Shop near the Macy's entrance.
"This gives our shoppers a new option when they come to the Galleria," Jacks said.
Kirkland's offers items ranging from home decor to furniture and unique gifts.
Jacks said the store should be open before the end of 2015.
Kirkla...Birmingham Business Journal at Friday, July 31, 2015 11:36:18 AM
Tickets on sale for USWNT match against Australia Sept. 20
If you love soccer, you might want to hurry and buy your U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team vs. Australia tickets...CBS42 - TV at Friday, July 31, 2015 11:32:56 AM
Elderly woman assaulted, robbed in Pelham
Pelham Police are searching for suspects who they say assaulted an elderly woman and may be tied to other similar crimes. ...NBC 13 - TV at Friday, July 31, 2015 11:25:06 AM
UAB Hospital ranked nation’s third-largest public hospital by Becker’s Hospital Review
Becker’s Hospital Review lists UAB Hospital as third-largest in the nation. UAB Hospital is the third-largest public hospital in the nation, according to a survey by Becker’s Hospital Review. UAB’s 1,134 beds trails only Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami and Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital in Houston.
According to the Becker’s website , the hospital bed counts reported include all medical/surgical and special care beds in children’s, critical access and acute care facilities u...UAB Campus News at Friday, July 31, 2015 11:05:11 AM
From the Vault: How Harry Brock built Compass Bank
Editor's Note: Harry Brock, who built Compass Bank, played a key role in growing Birmingham's banking scene and was a major benefactor for Samford University, passed away this week. Here's a look back at a BBJ profile of Brock from 2008.
Harry B. Brock Jr. peered through his reading glasses at a torn-out piece of yellow legal-sized paper, going over the notes he jotted down for his speech.
While waiting for friends, family and students to fill the auditorium for Samford University's rece...Birmingham Business Journal at Friday, July 31, 2015 10:57:23 AM
BBVA Compass posts $136M profit for 2Q 2015
Profits were on the rise at BBVA Compass in the second quarter, thanks to increased revenue and an uptick in commercial lending.
The bank posted a $136 million profit for the second quarter. That was up 27 percent from $107 million a year ago, driven in part by increased revenue.
Bank leaders said strong commercial lending activity sparked a 11 percent increase in total loans. Deposits were up 8 percent. Revenue was up 3 percent.
"BBVA Compass delivered strong results highlighted by r...Birmingham Business Journal at Friday, July 31, 2015 10:38:13 AM
Birmingham startup Fleetio develops app to manage fuel costs of company cars
Birmingham startup Fleetio has developed a new mobile app targeting companies with vehicle fleets.
Fleetio developed its proprietary fleet-management software that allows users to store and easily access vehicle information in 2011, and the company recently launched its first mobile app Fleetio Fuel.
Fleetio CEO Tony Summerville said Fleetio Fuel is designed to be fast and simple for drivers that operate company cars already using its main software. Once the driver enters the odometer nu...Birmingham Business Journal at Friday, July 31, 2015 10:25:04 AM
Libertarian Party of Alabama to protest Birmingham’s ban on Uber
City leaders in Birmingham have long known that public transportation is insufficient in the Magic City.CBS42 - TV at Friday, July 31, 2015 10:00:11 AM
Auburn signs agreement with NASA to research 3D printing
Auburn University on Thursday signed a Space Act Agreement with NASA to further research the applications of 3D printing.
The act was signed by John Mason, Auburn's vice president for research and economic development, along with Patrick Scheuermann, director of NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, according to a report from the Associated Press.
The agreement will provide students the opportunity to engage in NASA's missions, investigate and develop technologies and share ...Birmingham Business Journal at Friday, July 31, 2015 8:47:29 AM
Zimbabwe seeking extradition of American lion killer
Zimbabwe intends to seek the extradition of an American dentist who killed a lion that was lured out of a national park and shot with a bow …...CBS42 - TV at Friday, July 31, 2015 8:46:05 AM
Bloggers blast Bentley's BOE appointment
Earlier this month, Gov. Robert Bentley appointed 28-year-old Matthew Brown to the Alabama State Board of Education. That decision has since been the subject of heated debate regarding his qualifications for the job.
Valerie Strauss of the Washington Post published a blog entry on Wednesday, July 29 titled, "Alabama's governor makes surprising – and scary – education appointment."
Strauss criticized Brown's lack of experience relating to public schools, saying Brown never attended public...Birmingham Business Journal at Friday, July 31, 2015 8:30:21 AM
Jefferson County Schools ‘not in panic mode’ despite last-minute rush to fill jobs
Students in Jefferson County Schools starts back next Thursday, Aug. 6. For some of those students, they could return to a classroom with no teacher.NBC 13 - TV at Friday, July 31, 2015 8:06:31 AM
Heat Stroke Awareness Day reminds people to be educated about heat risks
July 31 is Heat Stroke Awareness Day, and even though our heat and humidity won't be as bad as in recent days, it's always a good idea to be…...CBS42 - TV at Friday, July 31, 2015 8:00:02 AM
Jefferson County EMA trains schools to use notification system
The Jefferson County EMA is training school systems on a new way to communicate.NBC 13 - TV at Friday, July 31, 2015 7:49:16 AM
French investigators attempt to identify wing potentially belonging to MH370
French investigators have been carrying out their own probe of the disappearance because there were French citizens on board, and the wing p…...CBS42 - TV at Friday, July 31, 2015 7:00:50 AM
Beijing selected to host 2022 Winter Olympics
Beijing was selected Friday to host the 2022 Winter Olympics, becoming the first city awarded both the winter and summer games.CBS42 - TV at Friday, July 31, 2015 6:10:28 AM
Police: Suspect fires at SWAT team during drug arrest
The Vestavia Hills Special Investigations Unit and the Tactical Unit were serving a narcotics search warrant in the 500 block of 10th Avenue in Midfield when it happened.Fox News 6 at Friday, July 31, 2015 12:00:00 AM
Shelby County Sheriff charges 16-year-old with murder of another teen
The Shelby County Sheriff's Office has charged a 16-year-old as an adult in the death of another teen.Fox News 6 at Friday, July 31, 2015 12:00:00 AM
You Only Live Twice
How Birmingham attorney Stacey Davis went from writing contracts to Hollywood screenplays.
Written by Timothy Best...B-Metro at Friday, July 31, 2015 12:00:00 AM
Beaner on the Big Screen
Longtime Birmingham voice Guy “Beaner” Patton shares his latest endeavor, action movie Pearl.B-Metro at Friday, July 31, 2015 12:00:00 AM
Sidewalk Film Festival 2015
2015’s Sidewalk Film Festival marks 17 years of one of the most revered film festivals in the Southeast. This year’s festival takes place August 28-30 across a number of venues in Birmingham’s historic theatre district, attracting filmmakers and movie goers from across the world.B-Metro at Friday, July 31, 2015 12:00:00 AM
Gadsden job fair set for Wednesday
A job fair in Gadsden has so far lined up 45 companies and businesses, and organizers hope will line up a lot of applicants as well. ...Fox News 6 at Friday, July 31, 2015 12:00:00 AM
Man charged with marijuana trafficking on $1.5M bond in Tuscaloosa Co.
A man arrested on marijuana trafficking charges is being held in the Tuscaloosa County Jail on a more than $1.5 million bond.Fox News 6 at Friday, July 31, 2015 12:00:00 AM
Huntsville police chief announces retirement
Huntsville Police Chief Lewis Morris says he's retiring on Sept. 1.ABC 33/40 - TV at Friday, July 31, 2015 12:00:00 AM
Birmingham police respond to deadly shooting at Ensley gas station
Birmingham police are on the scene of a deadly shooting at the Exxon station on Bessemer Road and Court O in Ensley on Friday morning.Fox News 6 at Friday, July 31, 2015 12:00:00 AM
Mickey: A great weekend to go poolside
Ok,so the kiddos don't have many more days left before they head back to school.This would be the perfect weekend to head to the pool, the lake but not necessarily the beach.Fox News 6 at Friday, July 31, 2015 12:00:00 AM
Birmingham police respond to shooting at gas station in Ensley
Birmingham police are on the scene of a shooting at the Exxon station on Bessemer Road and Court O in Ensley on Friday morning.Fox News 6 at Friday, July 31, 2015 12:00:00 AM
Birmingham police investigate shooting
A man has been shot in the face and seriously wounded in Birmingham.ABC 33/40 - TV at Friday, July 31, 2015 12:00:00 AM
Car hits back of 18-wheeler
Birmingham Police are on the scene of an accident on 47th Avenue North and Decatur Highway.Fox News 6 at Friday, July 31, 2015 12:00:00 AM
Mickey: Now that's more like it
What a difference a day makes!Our weather conditions are already so much nicer than they have been this past month. ...Fox News 6 at Friday, July 31, 2015 12:00:00 AM
Organization gives Birmingham students new shoes
Dozens of Birmingham children have new shoes, just in time for the new school year.Samaritan’s Feet International hosted a shoe distribution for 100 children at the A.G. Gaston Boys & Girls Club in Birmingham on Thursday.Fox News 6 at Friday, July 31, 2015 12:00:00 AM
Jason Aaron plots paths for the universe's greatest heroes
By Matt Windsor • Aaron illustrations by Tim Rocks
Like Luke Skywalker, Jason Aaron grew up in a small town, far from the action. In the Jedi’s case, it was a lonely outpost on Tatooine; for Aaron, it was Jasper, Alabama. And while Skywalker grew up to fight for galactic freedom, Aaron now stands as one of the leading lights of the Marvel Universe—a comics writer whose storylines for heroes such as the X-Men and Thor hav...UAB Magazine at Tuesday, July 07, 2015 10:59:01 AM
Learning Behind Bars
Students take part in solutions for prison overcrowding
By Tara Hulen • Illustrations by Anna Zoladz
America’s prisons are packed. The United States has the lowest violent crime rate, yet it has the world’s highest rate of incarceration, and it jails criminal offenders for longer periods than any other industrialized country. That has led to a national epidemic of overcrowding. Alabama’s prison system, in particular, has been on the verge of a federal takeover due to overcrowdin...UAB Magazine at Tuesday, May 26, 2015 11:20:37 AM
Can You Picture That?
Art class brings science into the studio
By Charles Buchanan • Header illustration by Hannah Rettig
While popular culture likes to brand science as logical, objective, and serious and art as more emotional and subjective, the two fields are “oddly parallel,” says Doug Baulos, M.F.A., assistant professor in the UAB College of Arts and Sciences Department of Art and Art History. “At its foundation, art is about perception and experience, and that’s basically what science i...UAB Magazine at Tuesday, May 26, 2015 10:55:08 AM
Art & Soul
Creative approaches to healing inspire patients and clinicians
By Charles Buchanan • Photos by Steve Wood and Nik Layman • Videos by Jeff Myers, Andrea Reiber, and Steve Wood
Hospitals are not immune to magic.
When Elizabeth Vander Kamp begins telling a story to an elderly woman at UAB Hospital-Highlands one Thursday morning, the room vanishes, revealing a forest where a steadfast princess tries to melt the heart of her cruel father. After a series of trials, the heroine emer...UAB Magazine at Thursday, March 26, 2015 10:32:07 AM
Answers to Age-Old Questions
Steven Austad explores the science of aging
By Matt Windsor • Photo by Steve Wood
The longest-lived human on record didn’t make it much past 120 years. That’s nothing compared to the ocean quahog, a fist-sized clam found off the coast of Maine. “They can live 500 years or longer,” said Steven Austad, Ph.D., chair of UAB’s Department of Biology and associate director of the UAB Comprehensive Center for Healthy Aging. “They’ve been sitting out there on the sea floor since before S...UAB Magazine at Thursday, March 26, 2015 10:14:48 AM
Virtual reality training for the real world
By Williesha Morris and Charles Buchanan • Photos by Steve Wood A close-up of a Paris street rendered by the UAB ETLab. Audio programmer Andrew Hyde and media artist Josh Davenport (top of page, left to right) visit the French capital via Oculus Rift.
UAB engineers haven’t invented a teleportation device, but they do have the next best thing. The Enabling Technology Lab (ETLab) within UAB’s Department of Mechanical Engineering ...UAB Magazine at Thursday, March 26, 2015 10:04:28 AM
Redefining literacy for Alabama families
By Nancy Mann Jackson • Illustration by Ernie Eldredge Maryann Manning
What does a warm coat have to do with reading and writing? Maryann Manning, Ed.D., saw the connection. The internationally renowned author and scholar on literacy issues, a distinguished professor emerita at UAB’s School of Education, “provided eyeglasses, coats, and shoes to children in the area because she understood that kids can’t do the things they need to...UAB Magazine at Wednesday, March 25, 2015 4:34:46 PM
Stepping Up to the Plate
Students explore solutions for hunger and food access
By Clair McLafferty • Photos by Steve Wood Subria Spencer (top) and Sean McMahon (bottom) join the harvest at Jones Valley Teaching Farm in downtown Birmingham.
Hunger doesn’t look the way it used to. “With the 2008 economic decline, people whom you would never imagine to be food insecure are one paycheck away from not having enough money for groceries,” says Amy Badham, an instructor in UAB’s School of Public Health ...UAB Magazine at Wednesday, March 25, 2015 4:16:25 PM
Homewood Middle School has girls in their wrestling team
ABC 33/40 – Birmingham News, Weather, Sports...Birmingham Weekly at Sunday, February 08, 2015 5:29:47 PM
Anyone catch this on last nights evening news? One of the broadcasters had their Facebook chat window for all to see, some think it was Linda Mays!...Birmingham Weekly at Friday, February 06, 2015 5:27:22 PM